Bill Keyes is the founder and president of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. The organization selects some of America’s best and brightest African American male college students for an intensive two-summer program in Washington, DC. Among the 200+ young men the Institute has served since 2003 are Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, Truman Scholars, Udall Scholars, and the recipients of numerous other prestigious academic honors. They have earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key International. They have earned PhD’s, MD’s, JD’s, MBA’s, and other degrees.

Prior to establishing the Institute, Keyes worked for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and as a White House Senior Policy Advisor.

Keyes is extremely active at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has served on the Board of Trustees as Secretary, Chair of the External Relations Committee, Vice Chair of the University Affairs Committee, and a member of the Personnel Committee. He is the only person in the history of the university to earn a PhD while serving on the Board of Trustees.